The Director of Software Engineering (full-time, salaried, regular) will lead the architecture and development of our new subscription video-on-demand (SVOD)/over-the-top (OTT) video streaming service targeted to Country music and lifestyle enthusiasts. This role will report to the SVP of Digital and will recruit a team of seasoned, cross-disciplinary software engineers immediately post-hire. Our customers will access the new SVOD service via web, mobile and several connected device applications built upon a contemporary, modular and cloud-based technology stack that scales gracefully with a high degree of performance and fault tolerance.
The right candidate will have experience providing input, oversight, and direction on the integration of third party libraries and API’s while maintaining a seamless user experience. This position will be accountable for all layers of the platform from the database to the client applications and will be expected to maintain a modern technology strategy and align development efforts and best practices accordingly. This position will work closely with our User Experience (UX) and Product teams to deliver a truly premium customer experience.
Understand a broad range of computer science concepts, and know how, when, and when not to use them. You can dive deep into a wide range of technical problems offering suggestions and feedback to your team. Your interest in computer science has not faded as you moved into a leadership role and you are still comfortable with technical details and contributing code when needed.
Recruit and manage a team of software engineers inclusive of DevOps, API/Platform and Client functions
Strong written and verbal communication skills. You can distil key points out of complex technical descriptions to share with non-technical stakeholders, adapting your language and style of communication depending on the audience.
Architect and implement direct-to-consumer, modern web, mobile and connected device solutions for problems of scale.
Lead by example and do not consider yourself above individual contributor work. You are comfortable teaching best practices by showing people, not just telling people. Teams follow your lead because you are an inspirational leader and because you can show everyone high quality examples of your own work.
Lead software project and planning efforts and architectural design sessions in collaboration with Product, UX and Project Management counterparts.
Provide input, oversight, and direction for integration of third party libraries and applications.
Create a culture of innovation, encouraging your team members to find new and better ways to achieve their goals. You foster a culture of tolerance for taking—but carefully managing/mitigating—innovative risk.
Must have the legal right to work in the United States
Experience as a full-stack engineer and designing solutions across all layers of a modern cloud-based platform architecture with significant integration of third party libraries and applications.
Ability to clearly articulate the pros and cons of various technology choices and strategies.
Strong experience with AWS, cloud-based hosting platforms and optimization strategies.
Know DynamoDB, Redis, Mongo or other similar No-SQL data stores.
Experience with Cloud DevOps tools and methodologies: CircleCI, Travis, CodeDeploy, Serverless, Terraform, etc.
Experience implementing React and/or React Native client applications
Significant experience in developing web and mobile applications (iOS and Android) with some exposure with OTT/connected device applications preferred.
Experience in building SVOD products a big plus – streaming technology, video players, video encoding and integrating platforms such as Brightcove, Kaltura, VDMS, Fastly, Panthera, etc.
Strong experience with emerging CSS standards, best practices, and preprocessors.
Working knowledge implementing Single Page Applications.
Experience implementing direct-to-consumer payment features via web and/or mobile applications (in-app purchases) preferred.
Working knowledge in mobile-first responsive frontend implementations for cross-device compatibility
Strong experience turning UX prototypes, mocks and wireframes into pixel perfect user interfaces
Demonstrable knowledge of optimizing websites, web applications and mobile apps for speed
Working knowledge integrating video player libraries preferred
Experience in building SaaS and digital subscription payment solutions such as Recurly and Stripe preferred.
Working knowledge of third party analytics libraries like Google Analytics and/or Adobe Analytics
Experience working in an Agile delivery environment (Scrum) is a must
Exposure to, and comfort with, working within and evangelizing a CI/CD environment.
Strong experience with source code management using Git, various workflows, and popular branching models
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Philosophy and demonstrable examples of adhering to modular development principles.
Experience with two or more of: Lambda, SQS, Caching solutions, Search engine technology (preferably ElasticSearch)
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